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  1. Updates on Friday 22 July 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Updates for London have ended for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

  2. WATCH: Regent's Canal has turned green

    Following the hot weather, canals in London are now covered with a thick green layer of weed. 

    Work is being carried out to stop it damaging the eco-system. 

     Our Environment Correspondent Tom Edwards reports. 

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    Video caption: Regent's Canal is covered in duck weed after the hot weather
  3. Tonight's weather: Muggy and dry

    BBC Weather

    Any showers will soon die out this evening so that many of us will see a muggy, but dry and mostly clear night, with the odd misty patch forming in prone areas such as the Lea Valley. 

    Lows of 15C (59F).

  4. Watch: From Lagos to London

    Wakaa The Musical was a hit in Lagos, Nigeria, and has now opened in London. 

    The show follows the fate of a group of young graduates as they find their way in the world. 

    Aiming to give audiences a taste of modern day Nigeria, Wakaa is the first Nigerian-produced musical to be performed at a London theatre. 

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    Video caption: First Nigerian-produced musical hits London's West End
  5. Man admits raping pensioner in her Purley home

    Jason Batchelor

    An unemployed man has admitted raping an elderly woman after barging into her south London home.

    The woman, in her 70s, was making breakfast when Jason Batchelor of Maldon Road, Wallington, attacked her in her house in Purley on 11 May.

    The 46-year-old told police he had "messed up" when he was arrested.

    He was convicted at Croydon Crown Court of rape, attempted rape, sexual assault, actual bodily harm and intent to commit a sexual offence.

  6. Chances missed to protect baby later murdered by father

    New Scotland Yard sign

    Chances to protect a six-month-old baby from his potentially violent parents were missed by authorities in London, a review into his murder has found.

    The child, known as Baby R, died from head injuries inflicted by his father in January 2015. He was convicted of murder in December.

    After his death, it transpired that his mother was a convicted murderer.

    She had served nine years of a 12-year jail sentence in her country but fled to the UK while on parole.

    It was revealed she was subject of an European Arrest Warrant.

    The baby, who cannot be named, died in Haringey - the same north London borough at the centre of the Baby P scandal where a mother and her boyfriend were jailed for causing or allowing his death.

  7. Groundhog Day: From screen to stage

    Groundhog Day opens at London's Old Vic in August
    Image caption: Groundhog Day opens at London's Old Vic in August

    Tim Minchin is worried.

    He may be a successful comedian, actor and composer, but he says he "just feels sick all the time" ahead of the world premiere of his new musical Groundhog Day. 

    It opens at The Old Vic in London in August.  

  8. Croydon NHS Trust and CCG placed in ‘special measures’

    Inside Croydon

    Croydon’s medical services were dealt a double whammy this morning, when it was announced that the two bodies which run the area’s hospitals and GP practices, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, had both been placed in financial special measures.

  9. Loss of EU funding 'could cost lives' says London hospital

    A hospital ward

    The loss of European funding for medical research could cost the lives of some vulnerable children, London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has said.

    It claims leaving the European Union (EU) poses a "serious risk" to its research funding.

    The hospital said it could also lose EU staff and long-standing EU partnerships.

    But a leading cancer specialist said the hospital was being "hysterical".

    Angus Dalgleish, professor of oncology at St George's, University of London, who also represents Brexit movement Scientists for Britain, told the BBC the claims by Great Ormond Street were a "gross overreaction and rather hysterical".

  10. Campaign to rebuild Peckham Lido

    A campaign to raise money to rebuild one of the capital's lost outdoor pools has reached its first fund-raising target. 

    The organisers have raised more than £60,000 to launch a feasibility study. 

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    Video caption: Campaigners who want to rebuild Peckham Lido reach a fundraising target
  11. Eleven arrested after "disturbance" in Ladbroke Grove

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    Image caption: One of the weapons recovered during an incident in Ladbroke Grove this morning

    Eleven people, including a 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, have been arrested following a "disturbance" in Ladbroke Grove, west London, early this morning.

    The nine males, aged between 20 and 14, and two females, aged 15 and 18,were arrested for suspicion of violent disorder charges and some for possession of an offensive weapon.

    Detective Inspector Driss Hayoukane, from Kensington and Chelsea, said: "Local officers responded quickly to reports of a disturbance and this resulted in 11 people being arrested. 

    "It's our duty to ensure our streets are safe and we will not tolerate any form of disorder within the borough. 

    "Enquires are ongoing into the disturbance last night. We have extra officers on duty across the borough tonight and throughout the weekend to provide reassurance."

    At this stage the Met says there is nothing to suggest this incident is linked to the disorder across London on 19 July, notably a water fight in Hyde Park which turned violent.

  12. Watch: The Vamps busk in London

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    Video caption: The Vamps play Trafalgar Square for International Busking Day
  13. Duckweed: London's canals get a clean up

    Tom Edwards

    Transport Correspondent, BBC London

    Duckweed bloom on the canal

    Duckweed bloom (or water lens) has appeared in plentiful supply (see above) on London's canals due to the heat.

    I'm out with the Canal & River Trust which is trying to clean it up (see below).

    Join me at 18:30 on BBC One for the full story on BBC London News.

    Duckweed cleaner
  14. Exhibition of the Queen's dresses: Does Her Majesty have a favourite?

    Many of the Queen's dresses are going on display at Buckingham Palace to celebrate her 90th birthday. 

    We spoke to curator Caroline de Guitaut to find out if the Queen has a favourite.  

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    Video caption: Many of the Queen's dresses are going on display to celebrate her 90th birthday.
  15. Secret ruling in Ellie Butler murder case should be made public, judges decide

    Ellie Butler
    Image caption: Ellie Butler died while at home with her father in 2013

    A family court judge's behind-closed-doors ruling which relates to the murder of six-year-old Ellie Butler should be made public, the Court of Appeal has decided. 

    A three strong panel - headed by Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls and the head of civil justice in England and Wales - analysed issues surrounding publication of the ruling at a hearing in London earlier.

    The ruling was made by Mrs Justice Eleanor King following a behind-closed-doors hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in the summer of 2014 - after Ellie had died but before her father Ben had been convicted of her murder. 

    Another family court judge had decided Mrs Justice King's ruling should not be published in case reporting prejudices any re-trial.

    Mrs Justice Pauffley, who is also based in the Family Division of the High Court, last month rejected an application from several media organisations who argued publication of Mrs Justice King's ruling would be in the public interest in the wake of Butler's conviction. 

    But appeal judges have now overruled Mrs Justice Pauffley and said Mrs Justice King's ruling should be published. 

    Ben Butler, 36, inflicted catastrophic head injuries upon Ellie while looking after her at their home in Sutton, south-west London, in October 2013.  

  16. Listen: Great Fire of London exhibition opens tomorrow

    BBC Radio London

    A new exhibition opens tomorrow marking 350 years since the Great Fire of London.

    The Museum of London's Fire! Fire! Exhibition includes artefacts being shown for the first time.

    It looks at life in London on the eve of the fire, the events that took place as the blaze ripped through a quarter of the city, and how it recovered from the devastation.

    BBC Radio London was invited to have sneak preview...

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    Video caption: A new exhibition opens tomorrow marking 350 years since the Great Fire of London.
  17. Jailed Crouch End kidnapper 'hunted for children for sex'

    Abdi Waise

    A man who was jailed for trying to kidnap five schoolgirls by pretending to be a police officer "had sex on his mind", a judge has said.

    His Honour Judge Pavlak said Abdi Waise was "literally hunting for a child" when he tried to abduct the girls, aged 11 to 14, in Crouch End in January.

    The 28-year-old of Kenneth Robbins House, north London, was jailed for 17 years for six different offences.

    Those included kidnap, attempted kidnap and offering to supply drugs.